Fire Ravages Apartment 8-plex ‚Äď May 13, 2011
Arcata Fire Press Release
SAMOA & K ‚Äď Arcata Firefighters responded to a fire¬†in an apartment complex at Thursday, May 12 at 7:41 p.m. ¬†They arrived to find one unit in¬†the eight-plex fully involved with fire spreading to adjoining units. Arcata¬†Police officers had evacuated the residents, including one hearing impaired¬†resident who was unaware of the fire.
A quick attack was made on the fire¬†with 2 ¬Ĺ‚ÄĚ hand-lines and firefighters controlled the fire in about 20¬†minutes. The fast-developing fire gutted one apartment unit and spread to¬†the next door unit before it was stopped. Other units suffered smoke, heat¬†and water damage. The value of the property saved is estimated at $220,000¬†with an estimated loss of $140,000.
According to Asst. Chief Desmond Cowan, ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre happy that no one was injured
in this fire. The Arcata Police did an excellent job of evacuating the¬†building and providing scene security so that our personnel could focus on¬†controlling the fire.‚ÄĚ Twenty-five firefighters responded to the call with¬†four engines, one ladder truck, and one rescue truck. Red Cross personnel¬†were contacted and provided assistance to the residents displaced by the¬†fire.
Investigators interviewed the resident of the unit and removed debris from¬†the apartment. A space heater in the bedroom appears to have been the cause¬†of the fire. Space heaters are a common cause of house fires, according to¬†the National Fire Protection Administration. Almost one third of all house¬†fires that are caused by home heating equipment are caused by space heaters,¬†and the lack of adequate clearance from combustible materials is one of the
most common factors in those fires.